Mohammed bin Rashid receives Starwood Hotels ‘&’ Resorts Worldwide’s delegation

WAM Dubai, March 13th, 2013 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, received at his Zabeel Palace, a Starwood Hotels ‘&’ Resorts Worldwide’s delegation headed by Frits Van Paasschen, President ‘&’ Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Also present was H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting reviewed the company’s activities and its operations in Dubai, the region and the world as Frits Paasschen confirmed that Dubai will become the first city in the world in terms of number of hotels operated by Starwood by 2015 after the completion of construction and equipment of six new hotels in the emirate.

Sheikh Mohammed emphasised that the UAE in general, and Dubai in particular is one of the favourite tourist destinations regionally and globally and is seeking to top the countries in the field of family tourism.

In this context, he noted that many attractive tourism plans and projects are being implemented in line with international specifications and standards to meet the needs of family tourism.

His Highness also welcomed the President of Starwood and the accompanying delegation, highlighting the positive role played by the company in the management of the 14 hotels that it operated in Dubai and expressing his confidence that Dubai will be very soon “number 1” in term of the number of hotels.

On the other hand, Frits Van Paasschen expressed his thanks and appreciation to Sheikh Mohammed for the assistances provided to the company, pointing out that its success achieved is a result of the laws and constructive cooperation of all concerned parties in Dubai.

The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group in addition to a number of senior officials.